Yakuza Like a Dragon: Complete PS4, PS5 Controls Guide and Gameplay Tips for Beginners


Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the ninth game in the long-running franchise and is one of the monthly games for August 2022 for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Like a Dragon follows (mainly) the adventures of Ichiban Kasuga, the first main character in the series Not be Kazuma Kiryu. The game also differs significantly from its eight predecessors in a key aspect of gameplay.

Below are the complete controls for Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Following the controls are gameplay tips aimed at beginners and advanced players through the first few hours and chapters of the game.

Yakuza Like a Dragon controls for PS4 and PS5

  • Move: L
  • Move the camera: R
  • First person view: L3
  • Action and confirm: X
  • Job Action: square
  • Cancel and return: Circle
  • Party Chat: triangle (if available)
  • Sprint: R2 or X (toggle)
  • Reset camera: L2
  • Show and hide party status: L1
  • Take out camera: D-pad up (if available)
  • Open inbox: Left D-Pad (if available)
  • Map: touchpad
  • Pause menu: options
  • QTE: X, Circle, Square, Triangle, L

Note that the left and right sticks are labeled L and R, respectively. Pressing either one is labeled as L3 and R3. For Quick Time Events (QTE), the left stick may need to be pushed in any direction.

Yakuza Like a Dragon Gameplay Tips

Below are tips for playing as Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Keep in mind that the tips below are aimed at newbies to the game and the first few chapters of the game.

1. Save often in Yakuza Like a Dragon

The main difference between Like a Dragon and the other Yakuza games is this It’s more of a traditional JRPG than an action brawler. This means you will have turn-based combat and of course, as is usual with JRPGs, many of scenes and dialogues, especially early. Although there is an auto save function, You can save at any time from the pause menu.

Your options in battle, including the order in the top right.

Once you start facing tougher enemies, it can be a wise idea to save before each fight just in case something happens. Saving before completing each goal can help ensure you can repeat it in case you make a decision you regret. Since you can, why not spam the ability?

2. Explore the areas you are in

As with most RPGs, Explore the areas where you find yourself. You’ll find restaurants, theaters and even arcades with classic SEGA games (the company behind the Yakuza series). Each food place has different offerings that you can buy, so shop around to find the place(s) with your desired recreation items. Vending machines become available in Chapter 2.

Along with exploring the different offerings, it’s always good to familiarize yourself with the sections for more seamless navigation. In addition, as will be discussed later, you may encounter random encounters just like in traditional RPGs. only Look for those with red markers above their heads.

3. The Quicktime events are particularly fast

Quick Time Events (QTEs) are so named because they force you to enter a command or series of commands within a short period of time. However, most QTEs in games are not as fast as their name might suggest. A game like The Quarry gave you a few seconds to type the command, lots of time if it’s just one type. The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series gave you plenty of time to type in a series of about four commands.

Do with Like a Dragon Not Expect that much time left. You may only have about a second to enter a command. You will practice in your very first scene with Kasuga where you are chasing a brand for cheating on some high school students. Prepare for quick reflexes or you’ll end up failing the QTE, although in the case of a chase, multiple QTEs don’t have to be passed to fail.

4. Master Perfect Guard to minimize damage

One skill you will learn early on is Perfect Guard. Unfortunately, Perfect Guard doesn’t negate any damage. However, it will reduce damage taken. Even better, a Perfect Guard will too prevent bleeding and stun effectstherefore, mastering Perfect Block is imperative while taking on tougher opponents with more abilities to inflict status effects.

Speaking of skills, Kasuga (and eventually his party) can also learn skills. You learn one early on that should one punch KO almost every early opponent you face. There are two different types of skill inputs: Button mashing and button timing. For mashing skills, a button will appear that you just have to press repeatedly until the attack occurs. For timing, you need to wait for the circle to hit the inner circle for maximum effect. use skills Mental points, represented by the greenish bar under the red health point bar.

There are also skills related to professions, but professions become more important after the first two chapters or so. What is It’s important to note here regarding jobs and skills that when you view your skills from the pause menu, those with a green light are job-specific. This means that they are only available if the character has that job. However, those with a red light are character specific. This means that they remain available regardless of the character’s job.

5. Grind a little early in the game, not for experience but for money

In Chapter 1 you can find enemies to fight who have red symbols above their heads. You will see them on yours Map as red triangles. They will be fairly weak, tiers one and two, and can be defeated (for the most part) with a regular attack. The problem is that at this point in the game you’re only being rewarded with three experience and job experience points from each opponent, a paltry sum. However, that’s not the point of this early grind.

Run around for a few minutes and defeat every enemy you see to rack up some cash. Interestingly, even with the nearly 20-year gap in history involving Kasuga’s incarceration, You keep your money, items, and levels when you get fired. Try to build up a few thousand before proceeding. Don’t worry, the opponents that drop a lot more money will appear later in the game.

You will level up at least once, if not more, while grinding. Your main level will also increase much faster than your job level. To make battles faster (if necessary), go up Opportunity strikes on downed enemies. Some of your attacks can cause enemies to fall to the ground. If you’re able to land a regular attack on them before they rise, you’ll land an Opportune Strike, which deals far more damage to your opponent than a regular attack and even some low-level skills.

6. Make choices to boost Kasuga’s personality

Kasuga’s kindness increases as she helps the alcoholic instead of scolding her.

It was revealed early on that Kasuga basically learned about life through the Dragon Quest games (hence the game title) and as such has a view of himself and the world that is based on the game’s roles and archetypes . He wants to be a hero but is a dichotomous yakuza. He has an immense loyalty to Boss Arakawa, another trait found in almost every RPG. The biggest effect in the game is that these archetypal traits become the basis of Kasuga’s personality.

Like a Dragon in Persona 5 plays like what many consider to be one of the best games of all time, not to mention the greatest RPG of all time. As with Persona 5, actions you perform and certain consumables will enhance your personality. Personality isn’t just a random mechanic in the game. Rather it is required to unlock certain sub-stories and relationship opportunities with party members, among other things.

The personality traits for Kasuga are Passion, confidence, charisma, kindness, intellect and style. Each personality trait has an associated boon in combat, a defense against a specific status effect:

  • Dedication: Be silent
  • Trust: Sleep
  • Charisma: fear
  • Friendliness: Fury
  • Intellect: brainwashed
  • Style: charm

The maximum level for each is level ten. Of course, maxing out personality traits as quickly as possible will result in the greatest effects both in and out of combat.

As Ichiban Kasuga, you can find your own way in the world of yakuza (games). Remember to take your time, save often, and master Perfect Guard!


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